Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Chickin' Kondo completed, a kidnapping plot in action....

Hooray! The Chickin' Kondo is complete and perfect timing. The cuckoo moran's are just a few weeks from being laying age and the other chickens are laying eggs in clutches all over the place but being displaced by amorous roosters. The condo should be a perfect haven for all the hens.

Moving the Cuckoo Morans was a breeze. It was just a matter of catching them in the small holding pen and moving them. However, the other hens we knew....were going to be a challenge.

All the other hens were free range and I mean free range. Daily they hung out with roosters and generally that meant 3-4 roosters per hen. Yes, we are a "no-kill" farm but those roosters are getting so big they could be Sunday dinner for a family of four.

Each night however the hens roost in the garage and most are quite accessible. SO, the plan was to sneak into the garage late at night when the hens were asleep and kidnap them one-by-one.

So at 10:30 pm last night we did just that, even though my body was begging for sleep, I accompanied my "skilled at chicken kidnapping" husband to do the deed.

The first few hens were a breeze to capture and haul to their new condo. John snuck into the garage and snuck up behind them grabbing them from behind running his hand under their bottoms to catch their feet. SCREEM SQUAK! Calming them down in a few minutes to go back for another. Quite a funny thing I thought until he got it into his head that he needed to get them ALL before he went to bed.

Once again let me remind you that my body was needing sleep...... and all but 2 were quite easy to get. Finally he agreed to give up letting them settle down before he tried it again.

This afternoon our son came over and tried his hand at getting the hen that had just gone into the garage to roost. She was accompanied by two roosters and were bedding down on the shop light above the work bench as they had many times before. In position with a huge fishing net, our son goosed the first rooster to make him move or fly out. Mission accomplished he goosed the second rooster to do the same....and mission accomplished, the hen attempted to fly across the garage to the other side. With one swipe of the fishing net he "caught" her in mid flight. Once freed they took her to the Chickin' Kondo to live for a while.

This morning I did notice that the recently kidnapped hens were not really happy that they could freely roam with their rooster companions but they quickly calmed down to their new surroundings. The roosters were quite confused too that they couldn't get to the hens and that their "women" were not as accessible as before.

Tonight we have all but 2 hens in their new home. 1 is a tiny bantum and the other has chicks far behind some boxes in the garage....not a place you or I could get to nor is brave enough to get to with a mama hen on chick kidnap watch....

So all is good. Hens should be laying and sitting eggs soon, Cuckoo Moran hens should be laying (did I mention they are virgins?) and we should start producing baby chicks and fresh eggs....

Life is good....

Now, to finish the greenhouse and build a breed pen....

OH and we got a little bit of rain! Maybe an hour....but the garden plants should LOVE IT....

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